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US IN AFGHANISTAN

This political cartoon shows what the US’s future role in Afghanistan looks like

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For over 13 years, from October 7, 2001 until December 28, 2014, the US and NATO were conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

And, although combat operations were meant to have stopped and the US had begun withdrawing troops from the country by the end of 2014, continued gains by the Taliban and the seeming weakness of the Afghan National Army have forced the US to continue its role in the war torn country.

Overall, the US maintains a force of nearly 10,000 in Afghanistan, although President Obama plans to draw that force down to 5,500 in 2017.  At that point the war would have lasted for 16 years.

In response to this continuation of US presence in the country, cartoonist Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee published this cartoon, which helped him win the 2016 “Editorial Cartooning” Pulitzer Prize.

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VIDEO–Women caretaker burns children’s hands with hot spoon in Telangana

 

Shockingly inhumane: Women caretaker burns children’s hands with hot spoon in Telangana

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A shockingly inhumane video of two caretakers burning hands of children with hot spoon at ‘Shishu Greh’ in Karimnagar district in Telangana, has gone viral on social media.

The hidden camera installed in the kitchen has captured the mischievous act of the two women caretakers.

The ‘Shishu Greh’ is run by the Telangana Government.

Erdogan Loses Fight With Turkish Deep State, High Court Overturns Ergenekon Convictions

A combination of a file picture and a handout file picture made on March 28, 2014 shows Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) giving a press conference in Brussels on January 21, 2014, and a handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen (R) at his residence on September 24, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Erdogan and Gulen were once close allies who transformed a political landscape that had for decades been the domain of secularists and coup-happy generals. Today Erdogan's declared nemesis is the moustachioed 73-year-old imam Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric he accuses of running a parallel "deep state" from faraway rural Pennsylvania. Embroiled in political turmoil and out on the campaign trail ahead of Turkey's March 30, 2014 local elections, Erdogan has declared war on a shadowy enemy and vowed to "liquidate" his foes. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER / ZAMAN DAILY / SELAHATTIN SEVI  = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ZAMAN DAILY/SELAHATTIN SEVI" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE =

A combination of a file picture and a handout file picture made on March 28, 2014 shows Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) giving a press conference in Brussels on January 21, 2014, and a handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen (R) at his residence on September 24, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Erdogan and Gulen were once close allies who transformed a political landscape that had for decades been the domain of secularists and coup-happy generals. Today Erdogan’s declared nemesis is the moustachioed 73-year-old imam Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric he accuses of running a parallel “deep state” from faraway rural Pennsylvania. Embroiled in political turmoil and out on the campaign trail ahead of Turkey’s March 30, 2014 local elections, Erdogan has declared war on a shadowy enemy and vowed to “liquidate” his foes. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER / ZAMAN DAILY / SELAHATTIN SEVI
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Turkish court overturns verdicts in ‘coup plot’ trial

Turkey’s supreme court of appeals has overturned the convictions of 275 people, including a former military chief, who allegedly plotted to overthrow the country’s Islamist-leaning government. The decision opens the way for a re-trial and possible acquittal.

The high court on Thursday cited several flaws in the trial of ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, other officers as well as lawyers, academics and journalists. They were accused of membership in a organization dubbed Ergenekon which allegedly plotted in 2003-2004 to topple Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now the nation’s president.

The lengthy trial contributed to the gradual erosion of the powers of the army, which long viewed itself as the guarantor of secularism.

The appeals court said the lower court had, among other flaws, failed to prove Ergenekon’s existence.

Pakistan’s Dilemma—How To Move Taliban To Negotiations Table Without Exposing ISI Control?

Taliban’s spring offensive  

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Any hope for the Afghan reconciliation process have been shattered after the Taliban announced the launch of a fresh spring offensive against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan, as part of the quadrilateral coordination group involving Afghanistan, China and the US, was trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, but this latest announcement of the Taliban has made the prospects of a peace process uncertain. Islamabad is irked by the decision of the Taliban, and it has warned them to shun violence or pay a heavy price. The Taliban earlier this month had announced the start of Operation Omari, named after the late Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, pledging to launch large-scale offensives to oust the west-backed Afghan government from power.

After the stalling of the Murree talks, a second round of meetings has been initiated to find a roadmap to bring the bloodshed to an end in Afghanistan, but all have proved futile so far. It is still unclear which faction of the Taliban is ready to become part of the peace talks since internal divisions within the Taliban stepped up attacks in Afghanistan, and their refusal to hold talks with the incumbent Kabul government has added uncertainty to an already complicated situation. On its part, Pakistan is making efforts to convince the Taliban to join the talks. Pakistan is making efforts to mediate between the Taliban and Afghan government. According to a media report, Pakistan had agreed to cut off financial support to the Taliban fighters, including in Quetta and Peshawar. If true, the development shows that Pakistan’s role is critical in bringing peace to war-torn Afghanistan. After recent development, Pakistan can no longer deny the presence on its soil or its links with the Afghan Taliban. So far Pakistan has remained silent on the presence of the sanctuaries of the Taliban in Pakistan. Islamabad itself has realized that it could no longer hide its links with the Taliban who are posing a real threat not only to Afghanistan but Pakistan too. The involvement of China and the US is significant as it can help strike a peace deal with the Taliban. Those militants who are ready to quit violence must be engaged in talks while those who are not ready to lay down their arms should be eliminated. Peace is in the interests of all stakeholder countries, the region and the world. Now there is a scenario where the Taliban leaders have announced that they will increase their intensity of attacks to derail any dialogue process. Given this scenario, Pakistan’s much vaunted influence over the Taliban, upon which the hope for the resumption of the peace process is reliant, seems increasingly doubtful. But, even when all pessimistic prognoses are made, the talks remain the only viable solution for the problem of the Afghan insurgency. The process, no matter how fraught or uncertain, must be persisted with for the sake of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the entire region. The only alternative is continuation of war, which is not affordable anymore.

Gen. Dostum’s Forces Claim To Have Killed Anti-Taliban Leader Mullah Rasoul

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Mullah Rasoul, a.k.a., Mullah Zakir

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in operations led by Gen. Dostum in Jawzjan

KhaamaDostum operations latest in Jawzjan

 

 

 

 

The Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum has returned to the battlefield in northern Jawzjan province as local officials report the Taliban insurgents have suffered heavy casualties.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori said at least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed and nearly 40 others have sustained injuries during the operations.

He said the operations are being conducted in Aqcha district but the Office of the Vice President reported that 5 villages have been cleared of the militants so far.

The operations were launched around 5:00 am local time today and clearance operations are underway after the militants were forced to flee the area, the Office of the Vice President said.

In the meantime, Ghafoori said, a commander of the Taliban group, identified as Mullah Rasool was killed and the group’s shadow district governor for Aqcha was injured.

He said operations are also underway in Qosh Tapa district where majority of the militants have suffered casualties.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.

Haqqani Network In Pakistan Tied To Monster Kabul Blast At Afghan Intelligence Unit

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Tuesday’s deadly attack on the intelligence unit tasked with the protection of VIPs was reportedly carried out by the Haqqani Network, said officials Wednesday.

Kabul NDS Chief Mohammad Omar Azizi said at a press conference in Kabul that the attack was organized outside the country.

In Tuesday’s attack 64 people were killed and 347 were wounded.

The question being asked however is how did a truck, loaded with explosives, reach the intelligence unit, which is part of the greater ring of steel within Kabul city?

In a bid to test the level of security within the city, Sharif Amiri, TOLOnews’ correspondent, on Wednesday traveled through the heart of the capital in the same type of truck used in Tuesday’s bombing.

Amiri traveled a distance of seven kilometers, from Pul-e-Charkhi in east Kabul and went through five check posts.

Not once was the truck stopped and searched.

“From which way they came? Have there been neglected duty? Or enemy used their especial tactics?,” said Abdul Rahman Rahimi Kabul Police Chief.

Asked who was behind the attack, Kabul NDS Chief Mohammad Omar Azizi said: “The group have across borders connections which is clear for all of us, we are working on this issue and after completion of investigations we will let know the journalists,”.

Meanwhile, the blast site was still cordoned off to the public on Wednesday.

Despite numerous attempts to view the intelligence unit, the closest Amiri could get was to Eid Gah mosque, which is the second largest mosque in Kabul, and is adjacent to the blast site.

According to mosque officials, the mosque sustained over $500,000 UDS worth of damage in the blast. They said reconstruction work will take at least a year.

“Not only in Kabul but in provinces mosques and religious scholars were targeted and this is an act of inhuman and non-Islamic and we condemn it,” said Deputy Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Daee-ul-Haq Abid.

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